Church Shop Part 2: Study Guide

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Bottom Line

The local church is a visible movement of God’s people for God’s purposes.

Study Verses

1 Timothy 3:14-15, Ezekiel 34:16, Exodus 19:12-13, Hebrews 12:20-22 and Acts 14:27-28

Key Points

  • The church is a living movement not a machine.
  • The church enlarges our view of God’s presence and power.
  • The church provides the launching point for leveraging our everyday impact for Christ.
  • A local church is a people called together for the purposes of being sent right back out.
  • The local church is where God’s Spirit does a healing work among us.
  • A healthy church is a warm, open, loving and healing community.
  • The church is part of something bigger than we can ever imagine.
  • A local church is not concerned with replicating people of sameness, but multiplying people around the unity of Christ who are unique expressions of His grace.
  • Is it your default to ask people to come to church or asking people to come to Jesus?
  • The only way to develop fully devoted Christ followers who live out stability, gratitude and generosity is to confront the places where a consumerist mindset has taken hold.
  • One knows they are catering to consumerism in the church, when their focus is centered on what they are receiving rather than what they are contributing.
  • The more entitled one feels over something leads to less gratitude when they receive it.

ENCOUNTER

  • What happens when we see the church more as a machine than a living movement? How does this viewpoint impact the way we see our contribution to our community?
  • A local church is not concerned with replicating people of sameness, but multiplying people around the unity of Christ who are unique expressions of His grace. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? What makes you answer in the way that you do?

FORMATION

  • Read 1 Timothy 3:14-15. Paul uses the imagery of the assembly of God and a pillar of truth to describe the purpose of the church. How should our encounter with Christ influence our engagement with the world around us?
  • Read Exodus 19:12-13 and Hebrews 12:20-22. How does the church enlarge our view of God’s power and presence? What are the implications of our access to God’s presence through what Christ did on our behalf?
  • Read Ezekiel 34:16. As you reflect on all the tragedy that has taken place in our world recently, in what ways does this verse bring you comfort and healing?

EXPRESSION

  • Read Acts 14:27-28. The early church often gathered together to celebrate all that God had done through them. We should do the same. How has God been moving in your life and using you to make His name known?
  • What is your unique expression of His grace and how are you using that expression to glorify God?
  • Why is the church being an example of love, unity and compassion needed in today’s world?
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